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Zoom Interiors on 'Shark Tank'

Philly-based ZOOM Interiors walks away from Shark Tank deal

Madeline Fraser, Elizabeth Grover and Beatrice Fischel-Bock founded Zoom Interiors to provide virtual interior design consultations. One year in, they went on Shark Tank. One year later, they're investor-less but more business savvy.

Merry Oaks Farm

The 'American' watchmaker: From Mount Everest to Grove City

A picturesque rehabbed farm in western Pennsylvania is the site of Kobold Expedition Tools, a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that has pioneered a rebirth in American watchmaking. This story first appeared in livingthegrove.com and has been updated to include information about the April 25 earthquake in Nepal. 

The first floor of the re-designed Paramount Building

Innovative architects transform abandoned sites into neighborhood icons

Through innovative sustainability and re-use practices, local design firms are preserving essential pieces of Pittsburgh history by turning neglected structures into neighborhood icons.

Pittsburgh Regional Alliance Tech Crawl

Meet the brains behind the city's brightest tech ideas

Follow along on a four-day whirlwind of technological innovation, creative invention and mind-blowing possibility. The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance's Tech Crawl unveils the brains behind the city's best and brightest ideas for the future.

Dan Rugh and his Children

Local biz in da' Burgh: A Q&A with Dan Rugh of Commonwealth Press

Commonwealth Press is the perfect example of the Pittsburgh startup dream—an entrepreneurial web designer made good. Learn more about how Dan Rugh translated tech and design skills into a successful branding firm and silk screen press.
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